Albrecht Dürer (21 May 1471 – 6 April 1528) was a German painter, printmaker, mathematician, and theorist born in Nuremberg. He has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance. Born in Nuremberg. (d. 1528)
Elizabeth (Betsy) Fry (21 May 1780 – 12 October 1845), was an English prison reformer, social reformer and, as a Quaker, a Christian philanthropist. She has sometimes been referred to as the “angel of prisons”. Fry was a major driving force behind new legislation to make the treatment of prisoners more humane. Born Elizabeth (Betsy) Gurney in Norwich, England. (d. 1845)
Henri Rousseau (May 21, 1844 – September 2, 1910) was a French Post-Impressionist painter in the Naïve or Primitive manner. He was also known as Le Douanier, a humorous description of his occupation as a toll collector. Born Henri Julien Félix Rousseau in Laval, France. (d. 1910)
Glenn Curtiss (May 21, 1878 – July 23, 1930) was an American aviation pioneer and a founder of the U.S. aircraft industry. Curtiss made the first officially witnessed flight in North America, won a race at the world’s first international air meet in France, and made the first long-distance flight in the United States. His company built aircraft for the U.S. Army and Navy, and, during the years leading up to World War I, his experiments with seaplanes led to advances in naval aviation. Born Glenn Hammond Curtiss in Hammondsport, New York. (d. 1930)
Armand Hammer (May 21, 1898 – December 10, 1990) was an American business manager and owner, most closely associated with Occidental Petroleum, a company he ran for decades, though he was known as well for his art collection, his philanthropy, and for his close ties to the Soviet Union. In the 1980s Hammer owned a considerable amount of stock in Church and Dwight, the company that manufactures Arm & Hammer products; he also served on its board of directors. But the Arm & Hammer company’s brand name did not originate with Armand Hammer. It was in use some 31 years before Hammer was born. Born in New York City. (d. 1990)
Robert Montgomery (May 21, 1904 – September 27, 1981) was an American film and television actor, director and producer. He was also the father of actress Elizabeth Montgomery. In 1937, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor as a psychopath in the chiller Night Must Fall. He was again nominated for an Oscar in 1942 for Here Comes Mr. Jordan. Born Henry Montgomery, Jr. in Fishkill Landing, New York. (d. 1981)
“Fats” Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was an influential American jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer, whose innovations to the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano, and whose best-known compositions, “Ain’t Misbehavin'” and “Honeysuckle Rose”, were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame posthumously, in 1984 and 1999. Born Thomas Wright Waller in New York, New York. (d. 1943)
Dandy Nichols (21 May 1907 – 6 February 1986) was an English actress most noted for her role as Else Garnett, the long-suffering wife of the racially bigoted and misogynistic character Alf Garnett in the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part. Born Daisy Sander in Hammersmith, London, England. (d. 1986)
Harold Robbins (May 21, 1916 – October 14, 1997) was an American author of popular novels. One of the best-selling writers of all time, he penned over 25 best-sellers, selling over 750 million copies in 32 languages. Among his best-known books is The Carpetbaggers. Born Harold Rubin in New York City, New York. (d. 1997)
Raymond Burr (May 21, 1917 – September 12, 1993) was a Canadian-American actor, primarily known for his title roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. Born Raymond William Stacey Burr in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. (d. 1993)
Anthony Steel (21 May 1920 – 21 March 2001) was an English actor and singer best known for his appearances in British war films of the 1950s such as The Wooden Horse (1950), and his marriage to Anita Ekberg. Born Anthony Maitland Steel in London, England. (d. 2001)
Andrei Sakharov (May 21, 1921 – December 14, 1989) was a Russian nuclear physicist, Soviet dissident and human rights activist. He became renowned as the designer of the Soviet Union’s Third Idea, a codename for Soviet development of thermonuclear weapons. Born Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov in Moscow, Russian SFSR. (d. 1989)
Kay Kendall (21 May 1927 – 6 September 1959) was an English actress. Her appearance in the comedy film Genevieve (1953) brought her widespread recognition followed by appearances in Doctor in the House (1954) and The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955). Born Justine Kay Kendall McCarthy in Withernsea, Yorkshire. (d. 1959)
Alice Drummond (born May 21, 1928) is an American actress. In 1970 she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. She was a regular on the CBS soap opera, Where the Heart Is, where she created the role of “Loretta Jardin,” which she played until the series ended in 1973. Born Alice E. Ruyter in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Desmond John Wilcox
Desmond John Wilcox (21 May 1931 – 6 September 2000) was a British documentary maker at the BBC and ITV. He was producer of This Week, Man Alive, and That’s Life!. Born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England. (d. 2000)
David Groh (May 21, 1939 – February 12, 2008) was an American actor best known for his portrayal of Joe Gerard in the 1970s television series Rhoda, opposite Valerie Harper. Born David Lawrence Groh in Brooklyn. (d. 2008)
Ronald Isley (born May 21, 1941) is an American recording artist, songwriter, record producer, and occasional actor. Isley is better known as the lead singer and founding member of the family music group the Isley Brothers. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.
Mary Robinson (born 21 May 1944) served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. Born Mary Therese Winifred Bourke in Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland.
Leo Sayer (born 21 May 1948) is a British-born singer-songwriter musician, and entertainer whose singing career has spanned four decades. His first seven hit singles in the United Kingdom all reached the Top 10. He shot to national prominence in the UK with his second single, the plaintive music hall-styled song “The Show Must Go On”, which Sayer memorably performed on British television wearing a pierrot costume and make-up. Born Gerard Hugh Sayer in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England.
Andrew Neil (born 21 May 1949) is a British journalist and broadcaster. Neil made his name at The Sunday Times where he was editor for 11 years. Born Andrew Ferguson Neil in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Jacqueline Tong (born 21 May 1951) is an English actress who is best known for playing Daisy Barnes (nee Peel) in the period drama Upstairs, Downstairs from 1973 to 1975. Born in Bristol, Gloucestershire.
Mr. T (born May 21, 1952) is an American actor known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the 1980s television series The A-Team, as boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III, and for his appearances as a professional wrestler. Born Laurence Tureaud in Chicago, Illinois, U.S..
Nadine Dorries (born 21 May 1957) is the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Bedfordshire, a seat she has held since the 2005 general election. On 6 November 2012, she was suspended from the parliamentary Conservative Party owing to her decision to take part in I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! without informing the Chief Whip. Born Nadine Vanessa Bargery in Liverpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
“Judge” Reinhold (born May 21, 1957) is an American actor, known for co-starring in movies such as Beverly Hills Cop and Ruthless People. Born Edward Ernest Reinhold, Jr. in Wilmington, Delaware.
Jeffrey Dahmer (May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994), also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, was an American serial killer and sex offender, who committed the rape, murder and dismemberment of seventeen men and boys between 1978 and 1991, with many of his later murders also involving necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent preservation of body parts. Born Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer in West Allis, Wisconsin. (d. 1994)
The Notorious B.I.G.
Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper. On March 9, 1997, he was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. Born Christopher George Latore Wallace in New York City, New York. (d. 1997)
Noel Fielding (born 21 May 1973) is an English comedian, actor, artist, DJ and musician. Fielding is best known for playing Vince Noir in The Mighty Boosh, which he co-wrote. In 2009, he became a team captain on BBC Two music/comedy panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Born in Westminster, London, England.
Mutya Buena (born 21 May 1985) is an English recording artist who rose to fame as a member of girl group the Sugababes. With the Sugababes, Buena had four UK number one singles, an additional six top-ten hits and three multi-platinum albums. Born Rosa Isabel Mutya Buena in Kingsbury, London, England.
Mark Cavendish, MBE (born 21 May 1985) is a Manx professional road racing cyclist. Originally a track cyclist specialising in the madison, points race, and scratch race disciplines, he has competed on the road since 2006, rising to prominence as a sprinter, widely considered to be the fastest road cyclist in the world. Born Mark Simon Cavendish in Douglas, Isle of Man.
Tom Daley (born 21 May 1994) is an English diver and television personality. Daley specialises in the 10 metre platform event and was the 2009 FINA World Champion in the individual event at the age of 15. Born Thomas Robert Daley in Plymouth, Devon, England.